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CalvinHow Much? (ca. 1963)

something has gone horribly wrong 8-p
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Goof on industrial film production.

This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Producer: Calvin
Sponsor: N/A
Audio/Visual: Sd, C
Keywords: Motion pictures: Production; Motion pictures: Sponsored

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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Average Rating: 3.40 out of 5 stars3.40 out of 5 stars3.40 out of 5 stars3.40 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Mr. - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - June 30, 2007
Subject: How Much?

Reviewer: GE_Pretzel - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 8, 2006
Subject: Bullseye!
A friendly man with a pair of amazingly conspicuous ears acts as the host of this short film that discusses the challenges of effectively estimating the production costs of industrial films. Viewers are informed that it is extremely difficult for production costs to be determined by the film company unless the client offers significant details about the scope of the film being ordered. In order to ensure best results, clients are recommended to allow the film company to submit a proposal featuring budgetary details and a feasible story treatment. The Calvin Company may be defunct, but this film highlights important aspects of film production that still need to be taken into consideration.

Reviewer: Spuzz - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - May 18, 2005
Subject: Just 6 minutes, thank heavens.
Short Calvin film that tells of how much a film could cost, and how much it DOES cost. I guess all of this can related to current bloated Hollywood budgets I suppose. This is told with flippancy known in Calvin productions (which I;m not a big fan of), and just gets passing grades from me.

Reviewer: Karma Hawk - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - April 13, 2005
Subject: meh
probobly good advice for film makers but it really doesn't go anywhere. Baisicly this film tells the story of an up and coming film producer who wants to make a film about a factory of some sort he goes around to different industrialist and they don't seem to know eithier so instead they just make up figures, some of it is chuckle worthy (the man franticly writing down random numbers the "bullzeye" guy) but nothing is really laugh out loud funny here. Thier also seems to be gaps of films similar to those found in #Bfl O {ggGX = STwWcfl x 2s4 (you know the one about monkeys in the film industry.) Overall I think my title sums it up pretty well not horrible not great but just meh.

Reviewer: Wilford B. Wolf - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 14, 2005
Subject: How long is a piece of string?
Another Calvin Workshop film, this time definately for an external audience. Like "Check... and Let Me Know", this film discusses what goes into determining a film budget. However, around the humorous vignettes about the arbitrary nature of what goes into a film budget, we have the narrator from the classic "Your Name Here" gives the audience practical advice on what is needed from a client in planning a film. Clearly, this film is aimed at preventing clients from saying just that they want a film about so long, in color about a subject, and expect a number instantaneously. It also helps that the skits are funny and still hold up, as we have come to expect from Calvin. Recommended.


Two men in office
CU Man's hand writing price on paper
Man looks furtively at first man (client)
CU Man's hand turning $23,000.00 into $28,000.00
Another furtive look
CU Man's hand scratching out price and writing a higher one. This keeps going and price keeps getting higher. First man blathers on about price and value.